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Meet Our Staff

Staff


Stephen Pick

Executive Director

A Vancouver, WA native and Journey alumnus, Stephen Pick recently returned home after three years in Boston where he was teaching, directing and completing his Master of Fine Arts degree and Arts Administration certification.

Stephen was a part of the first season of Journey shows back in 2003 and was completely captivated by the strong and friendly community. Experiencing theater for the first time in Journey instigated Stephen’s love for the arts. He went on to complete degrees in theater at George Fox University and Boston University as well as co-found and run a nonprofit, Valley Repertory Theatre, for many years. Returning to Journey he is honored to bring his experience and training to an organization that helped form him as a youth.

Stephen lives in Ridgefield with his best friend and wife, Jessie, and their wonderful children, Madelyn and Lillian.

Bethany Larson

Founder / Area Director

Founder Bethany Larson has been honored to work for our organization since the beginning. She has enjoyed wearing many different hats over the years including Area Coordinator, Summer Camp Manager, Area Director, Marketing Director, Teacher and TREK Coordinator. Her B.S. in Business Administration (Warner Pacific College; go Knights!), along with her experience as a pre-school director, drama ministry director, youth ministry volunteer and children’s ministry director, has equipped her to work with our parents, kids and staff.

Bethany has been married to Allen (Journey Improv Teacher and Coach) since 1988. All three of their kids, Levi, Brenna and Maggie have enjoyed being a part of camps, classes, shows and Improv Teams. Levi is currently one of Journey’s teachers.

Bethany’s favorite part of Journey is that the whole family can participate to bring a show to the stage and she treasures the friendships she has made along the way.

Rhonda Rice

Business Manager

Rhonda Rice feels very blessed to be a part of Journey Theater Arts Group. A simple invitation to come to a performance in 2008 led to her kids being involved in multiple casts, crews, camps, and Improv team. Their involvement and growth inspired her to be more involved with volunteering and eventually joining the Journey staff in the Fall of 2010.

Rhonda is amazed at the progress that many kids have made over these years. She loves that she can be a part of sharing how God is working in our youth as well as helping provide a place to form special family friendships.

Enjoying the Journey!

Beth Maxwell

Box Office Manager/Registrar

Beth became involved with Journey during its first session in 2002, when her daughter auditioned for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. She was drawn in by the emphasis on family and developing character in every child, as well as the focus on providing quality instruction to students and productions for the community.

Beth was thrilled to start working for Journey as the Box Office Manager and Registrar in 2005, and continues to enjoy working behind the scenes to facilitate students’, families’ and patrons’ connections to this dynamic community.

Kelly Sauter

Office Assistant

Kelly’s family has been involved with Journey since 2018. Both of her children have participated in classes, shows, and camps. She is very excited to join the staff as front office support, bringing her skills and experience with her to help Journey in its mission to encourage and care well for students and families. 

Kelly has been married to Ryan since 1996, and is mom to Jeremy and Jenny. When not in the office, she loves creative things, including doing work as a freelance graphic designer/graphic artist, and working with other ministries that train and equip women to teach the Bible well, including the women’s Bible study at her own local church.

Chelsea Lapp

Teacher in Residence

Chelsea Nicole Lapp is an award-winning choreographer from San Diego who recently relocated to Vancouver. Having grown up in the theatre world since age 4, Chelsea has performed in over 80 shows and tour groups, and at the age of 14 began choreographing and teaching dance classes for a national children’s theatre company. Since 2007, Chelsea has choreographed both professional and non-professional shows all over the United States, as well as Uganda. Her training includes places like Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego, she is also an alumnus of the Pulse Teacher Workshop and the Stage Door Connections Workshop with Andy Blankenbuehler. Chelsea is a recipient of the Portland Area Musical Theatre Award, Inland Theatre League, National Youth Arts, and Director’s Choice Award.


Amy Platt

Costumes Manager

From the first time Amy walked into a Journey production she knew her daughter would be
hooked. Four years later her daughter, who was finally old enough, joined her first Journey
Troupers class, where she played Pockets – a Lost Girl in a mini production of Peter Pan.

What Amy values about Journey is there is a place for everyone. She loves the fact that she can
send her daughter to rehearsals, classes and productions and know that she is around people
who understand and accept everyone for who they are as an individual. Journey is a place for
families and as a self-proclaimed “over involved mom” it is the perfect fit for Amy and her
daughter. Amy served on costumes for her first show and loved it so much she decided to join
the Journey team as the Costumes Manager.

Amy was born and raised in Vancouver, and loves all that Vancouver has to offer. She enjoys playing soccer, running and being active outdoors. She’s even learning to golf. Most of her family still lives in the area. She homeschools her daughter and helps run a family business with her brother. She has a dog named Daisy, a cat named Butter and five chickens.

She is most excited about watching her daughter grow in Journey and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Nick Fouts

Warehouse/Tech Manager

Nick has been involved in theater in the local community for nearly ten years, and is excited to work with Journey for the first time. He recently graduated from WSU Vancouver with a Bachelor’s degree in human resources. From building sets to technical direction, he has experience in many fields of theater, and looks forward to managing Journey’s amazing inventory of sets. Even more so, he is thrilled to support Journey’s ongoing mission to produce professional-quality musicals throughout the year and help children in our community learn and grow in the process.


Heather Bode

Show Coordinator

Heather has been involved in Journey since 2012 when her oldest son was cast in Narnia.  She immediately grew to love Journey as much as her son.  Working with the kids and other families made each show something to look forward to!

While still having the pleasure of working with students, being Show Coordinator allows her to connect with families and artistic teams on a whole new level.  Being an integral part of bringing each show to life is a privilege, especially when accomplished in an environment of Christ’s love.

Heather has been married to Todd for 21 years.  After moving with the military for most of that time, her family is very happy to have settled in Southern Washington.  She has homeschooled all four of her children, the oldest who is now off to college.  The younger three are now in Journey and thankful to big brother for introducing it to them.

Audrey Miller

Class Coordinator

Audrey’s involvement with Journey Theater began in 2016 when her two boys took their first classes. In 2019, they auditioned and performed in their first show, Mary Poppins. Since then, Audrey and her family have learned just how special this theater community is.

There is a unique richness to the relationships built in the Journey community and a special quality to the experiences of our students and their families. As a class coordinator, Audrey is so thankful for the opportunity to help foster these relationships and allow students to enjoy class in a safe, fun, and enriching environment.

Prior to class coordinating, Audrey graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA in Elementary Education. She taught Kindergarten for four years before having children of her own and has since enjoyed the many hats of a stay at home mom, also volunteering and working in various church ministries.

Audrey and her husband, Bryce, have been married since 2003 and they have three children – Trevin, Tyson, and Adelyn. When she’s not homeschooling or at Journey classes with her troupe of three, Audrey loves to spend time with her family and friends or relax with a good book.


Vicky Dillon

Board Chair

Vicky participated in theater as a young girl and was delighted when her two sons showed interest in Journey Theater years ago. She immediately fell in love with the people and the fine-tuned programing and shows that are top notch. The emphasis on developing character and community only reinforced her love of this organization.  She loves that all kids are welcome and tend to blossom under the influence of this safe and expressive community.

Vicky joined the Board of Directors in April 2016 and stepped into the Chair position in February 2017.

Julia Garrison

Director

Julia has lived in Vancouver since 2013. Julia works as a licensed professional counselor. In addition to individual therapy, she leads events for the community that educate and equip in the areas of mental health and spiritual maturity. In 2021, an invitation from Journey to co-lead a mental health educational event was when Julia first experienced Journey staff, heart for Journey students, and Kingdom-vision for Clark County. She’s looking forward to supporting the Journey community in the months and hopefully years to come.

Jeanette James

Director

Jeanette is excited to be a part of the Journey Board of Directors since May of 2017.  She moved to the Vancouver area in 1995 and has been actively involved in the Musical Theatre department at Mountain View High School since that time.  Working with teens in choral settings and on the stage in musical theatre is a passion of hers.  She has taught middle and high school music in seven states over the past fifty years.  Jeanette is excited to join JTAG in supporting our youth as they discover how God works His plan for them through the talents He has given them.

Jeanette has been married to her husband, Dick, for 52 years, has 3 adult children with their spouses and is a proud Nana to 6 grandchildren.

Stephen Pick

Executive Director

A Vancouver, WA native and Journey alumnus, Stephen Pick recently returned home after three years in Boston where he was teaching, directing and completing his Master of Fine Arts degree and Arts Administration certification.

Stephen was a part of the first season of Journey shows back in 2003 and was completely captivated by the strong and friendly community. Experiencing theater for the first time in Journey instigated Stephen’s love for the arts. He went on to complete degrees in theater at George Fox University and Boston University as well as co-found and run a nonprofit, Valley Repertory Theatre, for many years. Returning to Journey he is honored to bring his experience and training to an organization that helped form him as a youth.

Stephen lives in Ridgefield with his best friend and wife, Jessie, and their wonderful children, Madelyn and Lillian.

Elvin Yuen

Director
Originally from California, Elvin moved to the Vancouver area in 2006 with his wife Emily.  He has worked at a local healthcare system for over ten years.  He has four wonderful kids, two of whom are involved in Journey and love every minute of it.  Their involvement was Elvin’s first exposure to Journey, and to live theater in general.  Seeing their experience, he has come to appreciate all the ways that a theater program can benefit kids, from life skills to finding community, and everything in between.
He has had the privilege of serving on the Board for Journey since 2020, and hopes to be part of bringing the Journey experience to an even broader group of students in the future.